This day long workshop will start out at the Cowee School with a presentation on southwestern North Carolina folk architecture followed by an afternoon afield examining and exploring some of Macon County's unique historical structures an dwellings.
Michael Ann Williams is the author of Homeplace: The Social Use and Meaning of the Folk Dwelling in Southwestern North Carolina (University of Georgia Press, 1991). She moved to western North Carolina almost forty years ago to survey historic architecture for the NC Division of Archives and History. Subsequently, she served as the Folklife Specialist for the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University. After completing her dissertation, an oral history based study of the use of traditional homes in southwestern NC, she found a job at Western Kentucky University, where she taught folklore and historic preservation for over thirty years. She has published books on traditional architecture, the folklife of the Great Smoky Mountains, and the history of barn dances and folk festivals. In October, the American Folklore Society awarded her a lifetime achievement award for academic leadership. This year Michael Ann and her husband, David Carpenter (a Macon County native) returned to live full-time in the mountains.
Cost $55. Hardback copies of Homeplace are available at the Alarka office for a discount of $15, or they may be purchased the day of the workshop.